Let’s Revisit Talk 1 to 8: The Outlines

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We’re almost nearing the end of the Christian Life Program and we’ve come out with this list of talk outlines in order for the participants to look back and review the past talks. This is also helpful for those who missed certain talks. If participants have more questions please get in touch with your group facilitator or leave a remark on this blog.

God bless!

Talk 1 – God’s Love

I.    The situation in the world today.
a.    Serious disorder in society: war, poverty, murder, etc.
b.    On a personal level: loneliness, depression, fear, etc.
c.    Man makes various efforts to improve the world but is not succeeding because these are not based on God’s wisdom.

II.    God has a plan for bringing us out of confusion and disorder.
a.    God is interested in our lives.
b.    God wants to restore our fellowship and intimacy with Him.

III.    We need God’s point of view.
a.    Satan is real and is behind the evils in the world.
b.    On our own strength, we cannot overcome the challenges in our Christian life.

IV.    Jesus Christ is the answer.
a.    Jesus is the fullness of God’s love.
b.    In Jesus, God’s plan for restoration can begin to happen in our lives.
c.    We need simply to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Discussion Starter
1.    Share with one another how you came to the Christian Life Program and what you expect or seek to experience.  Start with a brief introduction about your life.
2.    Share about how you have personally experienced God’s love.

Scriptures for Daily Prayer

Day    1    Isaiah 55:8    Day     5    Ephesians 1:7 10
2    Isaiah 48:17 19                    6    John 3:16 18
3    Jeremiah 29:11 14               7    Romans 10:9 13
4    John 15:4 7

The Challenge

God has loved you with an eternal love.  The ultimate manifesta¬tion of this love was sending God’s own Son to suffer and die for you.  Will you open your heart to receive the fullness of His love?  Will you open your mind to explore the richness of God’s plan for you through the rest of the Christian Life Program?

Talk 2: Who is Jesus Christ?

I.    The impact of Jesus on history.
a.    His coming was pre announced through Old Testament prophe¬cies.
b.    He struck history with such impact that he split it in two: BC and AD.
c.    He came into the world not to live but to die.

II.    Jesus was a very impressive person.
a.    A very attractive personality.
b.    A magnetic leader.
c.    A man of extraordinary authority.

III.    Jesus claimed to be God.
a.    No other great religious leader claimed to be God.
b.    He clearly was not a liar or a lunatic.
c.    He claimed that he could forgive sin, something only God can do.
d.    Many of his contemporaries came to the realization that he indeed was God.
e.    God confirmed his claim by raising him from the dead.

Discussion Starter
1.    Share about your Christian background.
2.    Discuss how you saw or thought of Jesus before, and what new insights you have gotten through the talk.

Scriptures for Daily Prayer

Day    1    John 6:32 40    Day    5    Mark 2:5 12
2    John 10:7 15        6    John 8:51 58
3    John 14:6 11        7    John 11:25 27, 38 44
4    John 5:18 24

The Challenge

Jesus is God.  Are you willing to accept him as Lord of your life?  As Lord, will you allow him to rule your life totally?

Talk 3: What it Means to be a Christian

I.    Misconceptions or incomplete notions about Christianity.
a.    A mere religious system.
b.    A mere moral system.
c.    A social or humanitarian system.
d.    An escape from the realities of life.

II.    The essence of Christianity is union with God, made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
a.    It is a relationship initiated by God, out of His mercy and love for us.
b.    In Christianity, we become a new creation and participate in the very life of Christ.
c.    We take on the nature of God, which is holiness.

III.    Practical implications of being a Christian.
a.    We can trust in God because He is our loving Father.
b.    We can stop worrying because God knows our needs and will provide for us.
c.    We are brothers and sisters in Christ and are committed to care for one another.
d.    Since life on earth is temporary, we are to look to things that will enrich us for our eternal life rather than for this earthly life.
e.    We can have peace and joy in spite of any circumstances.

Discussion starter

1.    What misconceptions about Christianity do you identify with?
2.    Are you experiencing the practical implications of Christiani¬ty in your life?

Scriptures for Daily Prayer

Day    1    Titus 3:3 7    Day    5    Luke 12:22 31
2    Galatians 4:4 7        6    Luke 11:9 13
3    Colossians 3:5 10        7    Romans 8:28 39
4    Jeremiah 29:11 13

The Challenge

God is a loving Father Who cares for us and has a plan for our lives.  Will you continue to be open to discover the fullness of God’s plan for you?  Can you do this in absolute trust in God, ready to place yourself completely in His hands?

Talk 4: Repentance and Faith

I.    God loves us, God sent His own Son to die for us, God has initiated a relationship with us as Father.  Our proper re¬sponse to all God has done for us is repentance and faith.
II.    The Greek word for repentance is “metanoia”, which literally means a change of mind.
a.    It is a change of direction in life.  It is a change in the way we live our lives, dropping an old set of ideals and values and adopting new ones.
b.    Specifically, repentance means a turning away from sin, evil, wrongdoing and running your own life.
c.    Further, it is turning to a life of obedience to God and having Jesus on the throne of your life.
III.    Specific serious sins we must renounce: non Christian reli¬gions; Spiritualism and the occult; Sexual wrongdoing; Serious crimes (murder, rape, etc.); Drunkenness and drugs.
IV.    Faith is belief in the good news of salvation in Jesus.
•    It is a belief in Jesus as our personal Savior.
V.    Consequences of repentance and faith:
a.    Salvation from sin, Satan, death.
b.    Forgiveness and eternal life with God.
c.    New life in the Holy Spirit.

Discussion Starter

1.    Share with one another areas where you need to turn more  fully to God.
2.    Share areas where you need to grow in faith.

Scripture for Daily Prayer

Day    1    Mark 1:14 15    Day    4    1 John 1:5 10
2    Galatians 5:29 21 and        5    Luke 15:11 24
1 Corinthians 6:9 11        6    Luke 11:9 13
3    Ephesians 5:1 10        7    Hebrews 11:1 40

The Challenge

Jesus sounded the call to repentance and faith 2,000 years ago.  This is the same call to us today.  Turn away from sin and all obstacles to God, and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Then take God up on all His promises.

Talk 5:The Christian Ideal: Loving God

I.    God wants us to make loving Him our highest ideal.  Thus God made it into a commandment of the highest priority.

II.    We are to love God with all our heart.
a.    Not an emotion, which is changeable, but rather a commit¬ment, a decision to love.
b.    We are to be totally committed to God, to put Him first.
c.    We need to have a personal relationship with God, and spend regular time with Him in prayer and the Bible.

III.    We are to love God with all our mind.
a.    We are to serve God with the use of our mind.
b.    We keep our mind clean and holy.
c.    We use our mind according to God’s truths and not according to the world’s ways.
d.    We preoccupy our mind with the things of God.
e.    We protect and preserve our mind from unholy influences.

IV.    We are to love God with all our strength.
•    We give God all our resources – time, money, energy, gifts, abilities, and possessions.

V.    Jesus is our model in loving God.
a.    Dedicated to accomplishing his mission.
b.    Obedient unto death.
c.    Constantly seeking the Father’s will.

Discussion Starter
How have I loved God in a concrete way?

Scriptures for Daily Prayer
Day    1    Matthew 22:36 38 and    Day    4    Matthew 7:1 5
Mark 12:28 30        5    Malachi 3:7 10
2    John 14:21 24        6    1 Timothy 6:7 14
3    Romans 12:1 2        7    John 4:34

The Challenge
Loving God is not as vague and impractical as you  may think.  It involves specific, practical actions, decisions and commitments.  Can you make loving God your first and highest  ideal?  Are you ready to make Jesus the model of your life?

Talk 6: Loving your Neighbor

I.    Loving neighbor, together with loving God, form the core of the Christian life.

II.    Love is not only having positive feelings, not always saying “yes”, not defensive, not self seeking, and not manipulative.

III.    Christian love is:
a.    Connected with keeping God’s commandments.
b.    A self sacrificial love.
c.    Committed service to others.

IV.    Our neighbor is anyone who is in need of our help.

V.    Characteristics of Christian love in 1 Corinthians 13:4 7.
•    Substitute “I” for “love”.

Discussion Starter

1.    Do you understand the Biblical meaning of love as contrasted with that of the world?
2.    How have you failed to love in everyday life?

Scriptures for Daily Prayer

Day    1    Matthew 22:37 40 and    Day    4    1 Corinthians 13:1 13
Mark 12:28 34        5    1 John 2:7 11
2    John 13:1 5,12 15,34 35        6    1 John 3:16 18
3    John 15:9 17        7    1 John 4:7 21

The Challenge

Jesus showed us the way to true Christian love by the parable of the good Samaritan, by his washing of his disciples’ feet, and most of all by his dying for us on the cross.  Are you prepared to love others in the way Jesus loved you?

Talk 7: The Christian Family

God’s plan for the family
a.    The basic unit of society.
b.    A place for teaching and training children.
c.    A place for training leaders for the church.
d.    A domestic church.

II.    God’s plan for the family is not happening.
a.    God has lost His central place in the family.
b.    The family itself is losing its importance.
c.    The pace of modern life is too fast.
d.    The family is under attack by evil forces.

III.    What you can do.
a.    Make a decision that you want God’s plan to happen in your family.
b.    Take time and give attention to the task of building a strong Christian family.
c.    Pray together as a family.
d.    Help your fathers take steps to assume full responsibility for the spiritual and material needs of the family.
e.    Learn more about God’s vision for the family.
f.    Seek other Christian couples who share your concern about family life, introduce them to your parents and be in regular fellowship with them.

Discussion Starter
1.    How does my family fair in fulfilling the plan God has for it?  In other words, what is the situation at home?  Are we fulfilling God’s plan for the family?
2.    What can I do to help my parents, brothers and sisters build a Christian family?

Scriptures for Daily Prayer

Day    1    Genesis 1:26 28, 2:18 24    Day    5    1 Peter 5:8 10
2    1 Timothy 3:4 5        6    1 Peter 3:1 7
3    Deuteronomy 6:4 9, 20 25        7    Sirach 3:1 16
4    Ephesians 5:21 6:4

The Challenge

God is trying to restore the Christian family back to His origi¬nal plan.  We are called to respond to His divine efforts and to be a part of His work.  Will you take the steps necessary to have God’s plan happen in your family?

Talk 8: Life in the Holy Spirit

I.    Much of Christianity today looks weak and is lacking in power and effectiveness.
a.    True Christian living is not just a matter of human will power, but a new heart, a new life from God.
b.    God wants all men to have this new life.
c.    This new life in the Holy Spirit is available to all who receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.

II.    What it means to receive the Holy Spirit.
a.    This was the experience of the early disciples at Pentecost.
b.    We can experience the same power and gifts of the Spirit that the early Christians did.
c.    We simply take God up on His promise.  We ask our Father to give us the Holy Spirit.
d.    This will not be the initial reception of the Holy Spirit, Whom we already received at baptism.  Rather, what will be experienced is a fuller release of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

III.    Obstacles to receiving God’s gifts: an unrepentant attitude, feeling unworthy, fear, doubt, pride, being selective.

IV.    How to prepare yourself for next week’s prayer session.
a.    Have an individual meeting with your facilitator during the week.
b.    Think and pray about the “Commitment to Christ”, which we will all pray next week.
c.    Be aware of Satan’s action.  Call upon Jesus’ name.

Discussion Starter
Share about your experience of God’s Spirit in your life.

Scriptures for Daily Prayer
Day    1    Ezekiel 36:25 27    Day    5    Luke 11:9 13
2    Jeremiah 31:31 34        6    Acts 1:8,2:1 12
3    Joel 3:1 5        7    1 Corinthians 12:1 11
4    John 14:23 26

The Challenge
God is calling us to live a life of holiness and spiritual power.  For this, God has promised us the Holy Spirit.  Will you trust in the promise of your Father?  Will you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior?  Will you ask for the infilling of the Holy Spirit in your life?

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